March 7, 2020 BY A.D. DREW
After eight years of a 50 minute commute to Patterson Field in Montgomery, AL, the Tuskegee Golden Tigers Baseball Team will return to its on-campus stadium, Washington Field on Saturday, March 21. The pregame dedication ceremony and game versus SIAC Western Division opponent, LeMoyne-Owen of Memphis, TN, will be streamed live on the Black College Sports Network. Coverage on the BCSN will begin at noon CDT with a pregame show and interviews. The dedication ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. CDT and the first pitch will be at 2:30 p.m CDT. All coverage will be streamed at www.MyBCSN.net/baseball.
The renovation of Washington Field, has been led by Tuskegee University Head Baseball Coach, Reginald Hollins, since taking over the program in 2016. A new playing surface, renovated dugouts, new bullpens, new fencing, a new backstop, and a new batting cage were all completed as a part of this project. In an exclusive interview, Hollins stated that the spirit of (Tuskegee University Founder) Booker T. Washington was his motivation for the project and his unique approach to seeing the first phase of the renovation through to completion.
Hollins goes on to talk about everything from HBCU Baseball in general, the state of youth baseball, Tuskegee Baseball, and much more. Click on the link below for the full interview.
The game will be a featured part of visitation day at Tuskegee University, a day when potential students visit the campus with their parents and others. Students from the Macon County (AL) School District (the local school district), local appointed and elected officials, as well as local fraternities and sororities have also been invited. Members of the Tuskegee Board of Trustees, along with alumni of baseball and other sports are expected to attend. The TU Women’s Softball team will face SIAC West opponent Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL) while the TU Men’s and TU Women’s Tennis will host Shorter University (Rome, GA) as part of the visitation day athletic events.
Coach Hollins in in his 4th season as head baseball coach. Prior to being named head coach in the fall of 2016, Hollins served as an assistant coach (2011-2016) after he finished his playing career as a Golden Tiger (2006-2010). Tuskegee failed to make the SIAC post-season baseball tournament in 2019, finishing in 5th place in the SIAC West. The disappointing finish was the final push that Hollins needed to get the field completed, “We moved to Montgomery in 2012 because our facility was not up to par. After 2014, I realized that there was a group of students who did not see Tuskegee Baseball. So that’s where it all started. It’s good that our players will get to play on campus in front of their peers now.”
The current upgrades are only the first phase of what Hollins hopes to accomplish with Washington Field. Improvements for the grandstands, bathrooms, press box, and other areas are still planned. According to Hollins, “I just want to leave a place better than the way I found it.” Hollins hopes that the improved facility will help with recruitment.
About Tuskegee Athletics
Tuskegee University competes in the NCAA II (SIAC). Tuskegee University competes in 10 sports and has a total of 293 student athletes: 205 men and 88 women. The baseball program has won thirteen SIAC championships and has produced several professional players, including MLB players Leon Wagner, Ken Howell, Alan Mills and Roy Lee Jackson.
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